The Brooklyn Nets will start the 2013-14 NBA season off without head coach Jason Kidd. The former All-Star point guard was handed a two-game suspension by league officials Friday (Oct. 4) for recently pleading guilty to a DUI charge. After a night of partying in the Hamptons back in July 2012, Kidd crashed his SUV into a telephone pole. He allegedly had to be pulled from the vehicle after the accident.
Kidd's storied NBA career spans 19 seasons in the league, including six with the Nets while the franchise was in New Jersey. He led the Nets to two NBA Finals before eventually capturing the title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Kidd retired as a member of the New York Knicks, only to be introduced as the new head coach of the Nets a few months later.
In addition to the two-game suspension, the 40-year-old California native was asked to speak to students at two Long Island high schools last week about the dangers of drunk driving. He also paid a $500 fine and his license was suspended for 90 days, according to a spokeswoman for the Suffolk County District Attorney. Kidd’s lead assistant Lawrence Frank may handle his duties in the interim.